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Environmental Journalism Fellows Named at MSU



25 JOURNALISTS AWARDED FELLOWSHIPS TO STUDY ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISM
AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
 
Twenty-five journalists from the United States and Canada have been
awarded fellowships to attend a 4 1/2-day training institute on Great
Lakes environmental issues at Michigan State University.
 
The journalists selected will receive free tuition, supplies, meals
and lodging to attend the institute to be held in East Lansing, Mich.
from May 20 to 24, 1997.  The institute, now in its second year, is
being organized by the Environmental Journalism Program at MSU's School
of Journalism.
 
The fellowship winners  work for newspapers, radio and television
stations and the Associated Press wire service. The publications range
in size from The News-Messenger in Bowling Green, Ohio to The New York
Times. The fellowship winners include journalists from Illinois,
Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Wisconsin and Ontario,
Canada.
 
Selected  as fellowship winners are: Jonathan Ahl, a reporter at WMBD-TV
in Peoria, Ill.; Scott Anderson, the environmental reporter at The
Midland Daily News in Midland, Mich.; Bonnie Blackburn, an editorial
writer at The Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Ind.; Pam Belluck, the
Chicago Bureau Chief at The New York Times; Kevin Lee Braciszeski, a
reporter at The Ludington Daily News; Laura Sumner Coon, a reporter at
The Journal Times in Racine, Wis.; and Myfanwy Davies, a writer and
broadcaster for CBC Radio in Windsor, Ontario.
 
Other fellowship winners are: Suzanne Elston, an environmental columnist
in Courtice, Ontario; Ann Filemyr, an environmental writer and associate
professor at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio; John Flesher, the
northern Michigan reporter for the Associated Press in Traverse City,
Mich.; Steven Kner Frenkel, a reporter for the Great Lakes Radio
Consortium in Chicago, Ill.; Barry Ginter, the environmental reporter
for The Sheboygan Press in Sheboygan, Wis.; Konnie LeMay, the assistant
editor at The Daily Telegram in Superior, Wis.; Laurie Lounsbury, a
reporter at The Petoskey News-Review in Petoskey, Mich.; Patricia Maher,
the regional reporter at The Battle Creek Enquirer in Battle Creek,
Mich.; and John Myers, the environmental writer at The Duluth
News-Tribune in Duluth, Minn.
 
Also selected are: Jim Nichols, the environmental writer at The
Cleveland Plain Dealer  in Cleveland, Ohio; Kyle Niederpruen, the
environmental reporter at The Indianapolis Star and News in
Indianapolis, Ind.; Lynda Rea, a business reporter at The News-Messenger
in Bowling Green, Ohio; Keith Roberts, a reporter at The Sandusky
Register in Sandusky, Ohio; Doug Schmidt, the environmental reporter at
The Windsor Star in Windsor, Ontario; Debra Schwartz, a freelance writer
in Highwood, Ill.; Mike Vogel, the environmental reporter for The
Buffalo News in Buffalo, N.Y.; Suzanne White, a reporter at The Oakland
Press in Oakland, Mich.; and Tim Zorn, a reporter at The Post-Tribune in
Valparaiso, Ind.
 
Among the leading journalists who will lecture at the institute are
Rae Tyson, the president of the Society of Environmental Journalists and
a former environmental writer for USA Today; Deborah Potter, a former
reporter for CBS-TV and CNN who now teaches at the Poynter Institute in
St. Petersburg, Fla; Bill Dedman, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter for
The New York Times; Russ Clemings, an expert on computer-assisted
reporting at The Fresno Bee in Fresno, Calif.; David Poulson, the
environmental writer for Booth Newspapers in Lansing, Mich.; David
Hammond, managing editor of the Great Lakes Radio Consortium in Ann
Arbor, Mich.; and Keith Schneider, the former national environmental
writer at The New York Times who is now the executive director of the
Michigan Land Use Institute in Benzonia, Mich.
 
Among the topics that will be covered at the institute are air and
water pollution; the Superfund  law and toxic wastes; bioremediation;
climate change; computer-assisted reporting; environmental justice;
health advisories on Great Lakes fish; risk analysis; land use issues;
and the spread of exotic species into the Great Lakes.
 
The journalists will also visit the Kellogg Biological Station in
Hickory Corners, Mich.; accompany environmental scientists on the
Shenehon, a research vessel studying pollution issues in Lake Michigan;
test drive electric cars developed  bythe General Motors Corp.; study
water quality problems in Lake Lansing; hike at the Fenner Nature
Center; and attend a Lansing Lugnuts baseball game.
 
The institute is being organized by Jim Detjen, the director of MSU's
Environmental Journalism Program and the Knight Chair in Journalism;
Joe Harry, a doctoral student at  Michigan State Univesity; and Barb
Miller, a special assistant to Detjen.
 
The institute is sponsored by the Dart, George Gund, Helmut Stern and
the John S. and James L. Knight foundations; the National Institute
for Environmental Health Sciences; the MSU College of Communication Arts
and Sciences; the MSU Institute of Environmental Toxicology; and the
MSU Office of University Outreach.
 
For more information contact Jim Detjen, 517-353-9479,
detjen@pilot.msu.edu; Barb Miller, 517-432-1415, mille384@pilot.msu.edu;
or Joe Harry, 517-353-5425, harryjos@pilot.msu.edu.